Christendom College offers a Graduate Summer Program for those students who wish to pursue graduate theological studies during the summer. Both the Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree and the Apostolic Catechetical Diploma may be earned at the Summer Program, over the course of at least four summers. It is a residential program, held at the main Christendom College campus just outside of Front Royal, Virginia, enabling people from all over the United States and abroad to attend the Christendom Graduate School. This program is popular with students who are not able to move to the Northern Virginia area for the regular (fall/spring) graduate program, and with teachers and others who have summers off. Of course many of the fall/spring graduate students also attend the summer program, accelerating their studies by going year-round. The Summer Program also offers a unique opportunity to online students to experience the fellowship of an authentic Catholic community of scholars, for which Christendom is famous.
The Vita Consecrata Institue (VCI), co-sponsored by the Institute on Religious Life, is held every summer in conjunction with the Graduate School Summer Program. The VCI is an intense summer program of theological studies and spiritual renewal for religious, priests, seminarians, and other consecrated persons. The VCI focuses on the theology of the consecrated life as reflected in the mission and life of the Church, and on the theology of the spiritual life. Students penetrate the mystery of the consecrated life by investigating magisterial documents (especially those of Vatican II and Pope John Paul II), by examining the rich historic tradition of the Catholic Church, and by prayerfully reflecting on this wondrous gift. The institute is structured in such a way as to assure religious men and women the full living of their consecrated life in a context of prayer, silence, study, and community. Students may earn graduate credit towards the degree of Master of Arts in Theological Studies (concentrating in either spirituality or consecrated life) or they may attend for personal renewal, auditing courses and participating in the liturgical life of a community enriched by the religious of various congregations.
The Graduate School Summer Program runs for six weeks, ending the last week of July. A full cycle of courses is offered each summer, along with several elective courses. Special guest professors often supplement the Christendom faculty for the Summer Program. The beautiful riverside campus with its full range of recreational possibilities provides a perfect milieu for the study, prayer, and good times that make up Christian academic community life.
Residence halls are all conveniently located within three minutes walking distance of the classrooms, chapel and dining hall. Laundry facilities are available in each dormitory. Meals are served three times a day in the St. Lawrence Commons.
Holy Mass is celebrated daily in the Chapel of Christ the King at the heart of the campus. Morning and Evening Prayer and the Rosary are prayed daily in community, and the Sacrament of Penance and spiritual direction are available on a regular basis.